Look To The Future
Hafsa Qureshi is an openly bisexual Muslim, LGBTQ+ Activist and speaker. She was recently awarded Stonewall Bi Role Model of the Year 2019 for her work. She has been working to raise visibility for other BAME LGBTQ+ people, and queer people of faith. She has worked with Channel 4 News, ITV, SkyNews, Metro and other media publications to raise awareness. She speaks about the assumptions that can often be made about her sexuality because of her background. She feels it is important to be visible as LGBTQI because of this erasure that can occur due to stereotypes or assumptions.
Sali Owen (@SaliWho)
Sali’s been a bi activist for almost a decade. She’s been featured on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’, Radio 1 and 1Xtra. She also speaks about biphobic sexual violence, recently talking about her experiences to BBC News and working with them as a consultant. Sali runs LGBTQIA groups in a high security psychiatric hospital and campaigns about bi mental health. She also co-ran the award-winning Bi Series pilot scheme at LGBT Foundation; the first ongoing bi service run by a charity in the UK.
They run the activist group “The Bisexual Index” and has delivered training on bi+ issues to many organisations including government departments, LGBT charities, schools, and trade unions. Marcus hosts the bisexual variety night ‘CaBiRet’ in south London and performs in drag as “Prospero Acronym”.
Chairing the Discussion
Grant Denkinson has been coming to BiCon for 25 years now and feels at home: able to be himself with less need for defensive caution. He often likes to facilitate a workshop session, take part in a few and particularly values chats over coffee and meals with old friends and new and the feeling of creating the sort of community that can at its best help lives change from isolated and terrifying to solidly affirmed and fabulous. He’s also edited Bi Community News, been part of BiFests and European and International BiCons been a trustee for BiCon Continuity Ltd (the UK bisexual community charity) spoken at various workplace and community events on bisexuality, ran bi stalls at Pride events, researched bi people’s experience of emotional support services, offered training to fellow counsellors and psychotherapists and been in the media a few times. Under a wider gender, sexuality and relationship diversity umbrella Grant has interests in polyamory and BDSM / kink sexuality and has been an organiser with Leicester Pride and the Sexual Freedom Coalition.